John M. Colette

John M. Colette: Attorney with John M. Colette & Associates


Since 1985, the law firm of John M. Colette & Associates has been providing top-quality criminal defense to the people of Mississippi and surrounding states. Mr. Colette has handled many complex, high-profile cases, and is experienced in both State and Federal courts. Beyond his focus on complex, white-collar crimes such as fraud, and embezzlement, Mr. Colette also has extensive experience in assisting clients with charges ranging from DUIs to capitol murder.


John M. Colette is one of the most well-respected criminal defense lawyers in Mississippi. One reason is because Mr. Colette has “real” courtroom experience, gained from trying several cases start to finish, in both State and Federal court. Few criminal defense lawyers can boast a level of knowledge, skill and actual trial work similar to Mr. Colette’s. Because of his experience, he has represented other lawyers and even judges under investigation.

As a former employee at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, Mr. Colette worked directly under the Chief of the Criminal Division. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Colette consulted with the Mississippi State Office of the Attorney General in helping put together the state version of the Federal RICO laws. As a result of his work with the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. Colette gained invaluable insight into how the Federal Government approaches criminal prosecutions. That knowledge and experience now helps Mr. Colette give our clients the best possible representation and defense.

His many successes in large-scale, complex criminal trials, have brought Mr. Colette so much respect from his peers, that he is currently a Fellow of the ABCL, and is “AV” rated on Martindale-Hubbell’ Peer Review Service . The “AV” rating is Martindale-Hubbell’s preeminent rating, achievable only after admission to the bar for at least ten years, and indicates the highest level of legal ability and ethics, and represents the pinnacle of professional excellence.

Mr. Colette also serves on the committee for drafting Mississippi Criminal Rules of Court, and his experience and work ethic has established him as a leader in the field of Federal Guideline Sentencing matters.


Our law firm gives every client aggressive, knowledgeable defense. When you hire John M. Colette & Associates, you get attorneys working on every aspect of your case, searching for ways to keep you out of jail, minimize punishments, or get charges dismissed.

The criminal process can be multifaceted and bewildering; many individuals have only the most basic understanding of the law and procedures involved in the criminal justice system. Thus, it is critical to find the right lawyer who can provide comprehensive advice and counsel at each stage of the process so that you are fully aware of your legal rights. If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation on suspicion of having committed a crime, contact the experienced team at John M. Colette & Associates to discuss your case.

American Board of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Criminal Defense (Federal and State)

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601-345-4148  Phone
601-355-6277  Phone
601-500-0904  Cell Phone
Mailing Address:
Pinnacle at Jackson Place, 190 E. Capitol Street, Suite 475, P.O. Box 861, Jackson, Mississippi 39201
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.A., 1981
Law School Attended:
Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1985, Mississippi, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits and U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; 1986, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi; 1989, U.S. Supreme Court
The Mississippi Bar; American Bar Association (Member: Committee on Grand Jury Practice; White Collar Crime Section); Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member; Member, Committee on Federal Sentencing Guidelines).
with U.S.M.C., 1970-1974
Birth Information:
Cleveland, Ohio, November 14, 1951
Reported Cases:
United States of America v. Winn, 948 F.2d 145 (5th Cir. 1991); United States of America v. Burkhalter, 968 F.2d. 875 (5th Cir. 1993); United States of America v. Waldron, 53 F.3d. 680 (5th Cir. 1995); United States of America v. Castle.
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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